Many of our patients fear dental treatments or have anxiety about seeing the dentist. This is a common concern. We want our patients to know that there are solutions available to relieve your dental fears and anxiety. To alleviate these concerns, we offer sleep dentistry to our patients.
Sleep dentistry options includes Oral sedation, Nitrous oxide, IV sedation and General anesthesia for adults and children.
Oral sedation is taken by mouth in usually pill or liquid form. For some patients this is an option if you have a fear of needles. You may take oral sedation the night before as well as the morning of your appointment if you need something to relax and calm your nerves. We can prescribe this prior to your appointment and help ease your anxiety. Some patients feel very relaxed and may even fall asleep.
Nitrous oxide is also known as laughing gas. This is a mild sedative administered through a nose hood throughout the procedure. It elevates your mood, relieves anxiety and reduces pain. This is a safe procedure with minimal side effects.
IV sedation provides a more relaxing and less anxious environment. You are closely monitored throughout the procedure by an Anesthesiologist or Registered Nurse and they will be administering medication through an intravenous into your bloodstream which begins to work immediately. You will be drowsy and may fall asleep. The medication often results in people having no memory of the procedure.
General anesthesia you are unconscious and will be unaware of the procedure. You are monitored throughout the procedure by the Anesthesiologist who will administer medication through an intravenous. Our Anesthesiologist and team of Registered Nurses are with you throughout your surgery and in recovery until you are given your discharge instructions and are safe to go home.
Sedation Options for Children
Children may feel nervous or afraid when visiting the dentist. We have options for you if it is difficult for you to brush and care for your child’s teeth. Your child’s baby teeth can affect their adult teeth and how they develop. Dental infection and pain can affect your child’s overall health and nutritional intake. We offer Nitrous, General anesthesia and sedation for those children with anxiety who are unable to receive treatment in the dental chair for fillings, cleanings, extractions and x-rays while awake.
General anesthesia may also be beneficial for patients who have special needs and find a dental visit difficult or have more extensive dental work needed. While receiving General anesthesia or Sedation our Anesthesiologists and Registered Nurses will be monitoring you providing a safe, calm and caring environment.
Often, a general anesthetic is recommended for your dental procedure for any one of several reasons. It’s used to:
- Alleviate pain
- Reduce anxiety
- Facilitate dentistry for disabled patients and children
- Monitor patients who are medically compromised